11 Jun 2015

Maori palliative care stories become nursing resource

From Nine To Noon, 9:37 am on 11 June 2015

Tess Moeke Maxwell
The Kaumatua and the team who collaborated with the University of Auckland school of nursing Te Arai: Palliative and End of Life Care Researchers (Tess is in the back row, third from the left with the white top and pink and yellow scarf)

A new resource for Maori palliative care has been developed by a team at the University of Auckland's School of Nursing. Whanau who are caring for kaumatua at the end of their lives have been filmed, to create a digital story resource for nursing students. The research project involved eight family members telling three minute stories about the important issues that arose caring for a dying loved one. The recorded stories are part of a pilot study at the School of Nursing, and will be launched at the Te Arai: Palliative and End of Life Care Research Conference later this month (25 June).

Co-researcher  Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell (Ngai Tai) says it's about making visible what is often invisible by using real whanau stories to talk about end of life caregiving... and to help nursing and potentially other medical staff have a greater understanding of Maori tikanga (customs) around dying. Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell is from school of nursing at the University of Auckland and is part of the Te Arai palliative and end of life care  research group.